3 hurt in grenade attack in NorthCot town

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 11 Nov) — Three persons, including a minor, were wounded when a grenade exploded while they were celebrating a relative’s birthday in Aleosan, North Cotabato, at around 4:45 p.m. on Monday.

Capt. Arvin Cambang, Aleosan municipal police chief, identified the victims as Eleuterio Macaya Cantomayor, 64; Randy Poja Cantomayor, 44; and Genie Cantomayor, 13, all residents of Barangay Bagolibas, Aleosan.

Cambang said the victims were having a party inside the Cantomayors’ house when a blue Kawasaki Bajaj motorcycle with three unidentified suspects on board stopped just outside the compound.

A few minutes later, one of the riders threw a fragmentation grenade that exploded in front of the victims.

The suspects immediately fled towards Pikit town while victims were rushed to the Aleosan District Hospital in Aleosan, according to Cambang.

Authorities are looking at land conflict as one of the reasons for the grenade attack.  (Malu Cadelina-Manar / MindaNews)